Stuhlmuller Chardonnay Alexander Valley Sonoma 2012

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Starting in 1998, Fritz Stuhlmuller gives us his Estate bottled, classic California-style Chardonnay. Pair with chick...

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With a nose slightly marked by barrel fermentation aromas this remains impressively dry and savory, filled with notes of hay and lightly toasted o... Read more

This shows tight, focused fruit on the nose with hints of freshly shelled nuts, a wash of vanilla, and soft, earthy citrus tones and floral accents... Read more

A lovely nose with nuanced honey, toasted wood, nutmeat, yellow flowers and dusty earth tone. In the mouth the texture is just fantastic, bright an... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Stuhlmuller Chardonnay Alexander Valley Sonoma

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,291
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 07/18/2013

With a nose slightly marked by barrel fermentation aromas this remains impressively dry and savory, filled with notes of hay and lightly toasted oatmeal framing very pretty pear and crab apple fruit. With lovely purity and freshness on the palate, this combines super bright acids with lovely old wood textural notes yielding a wine that features super ripe fruit that reveals the cool climate nature of the vintage with it’s tart pineapple, lime and and pear flavors. Just so clear and pure on the palate, this is California ripe but with etched structure, and a long, tense finish that gain a fine almond note on the finale. Very much in my wheelhouse! 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,291
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/30/2010

This shows tight, focused fruit on the nose with hints of freshly shelled nuts, a wash of vanilla, and soft, earthy citrus tones and floral accents. On the palate this is rather light and elegant with a round yet ethereal feel. It’s got lively acids that highlight the nutmeat and ripe citrus and pear fruit of the palate, which flows over to a steely stone fruit backend. The finish is really strict and focused, with excellent length and just a suggestion of wood spice. This is a sneaky little bugger. It’s a bit subtle but doesn’t lack for detail and surprises with each taste. It’s also wonderfully balanced and proportioned making this a dream to pair with food. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,291
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2009

A lovely nose with nuanced honey, toasted wood, nutmeat, yellow flowers and dusty earth tone. In the mouth the texture is just fantastic, bright and balanced with intense yet tense and focused mandarin orange, apricot and fig notes that are framed with just a hint of almond and measured oak notes. The finish is fruity, clean and crisp with refreshing acids and a delicacy to the flavors that makes this a winner for geek and novice alike. 93pts


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Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 10/09/2013

~ Editor's Choice ~ With a nose slightly marked by barrel fermentation aromas this remains impressively dry and savory, filled with notes of hay and lightly toasted oatmeal framing very pretty pear and crab apple fruit. With lovely purity and freshness on the palate, this combines super bright acids with lovely old wood textural notes yielding a wine that features super ripe fruit that reveals the cool climate nature of the vintage with it’s tart pineapple, lime and and pear flavors. Just so clear and pure on the palate, this is California ripe but with etched structure, and a long, tense finish that gain a fine almond note on the finale. Very much in my wheelhouse! 93pts ~ GDP ~


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/21/2011

Rosemary and bright minerality on the nose, the mouth has nice soft acidity that is front-loaded, with a moderate metallic and buttery finish.


Snooth User: barri0s1872
802761,433
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/25/2011

One hell of a good Chardonnay; it's definitely oaked but done so well: lots of charred and roasted nuts, a little vanilla, and concentrated peach and apple underneath that keeps one coming back from more...


4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/23/2010

Slightly creamy aromas of apples and pears. Good acidity, baking spices and vanilla, a little bit of orange peel, and a zesty and spicy finish.

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/23/2010

Very open vanilla/bubblegum nose, with banana and roasted nuts. The flavors transition into the mouth really well, and it ends in a buttery finish and a note of grapefruit.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/30/2010

Soft lime notes and spicy oak upfront. Fairly oily and medium bodied. Very spicy warming finish.


Snooth User: Carly Wray
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/06/2010

Pretty lime meringue & soft peach aromas that give way to something slightly more tropical in the mouth. There's a warm, toasty quality that clings on for dear life at the end.


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External Reviews for Stuhlmuller Chardonnay Alexander Valley Sonoma

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Another excellent value in Chardonnay, this 100% Chardonnay was aged in equal parts stainless steel and oak. With abundant aromas of tangerines and orange blossoms intertwined with hints of vanillin spice and honeyed citrus, it is a medium-bodied, fresh white wine to drink over the next 1-2 years. - Robert Parker 89 PointsAn easy Chardonnay to drink now, with toasty oak, butter, tangerine, apricot and yeasty flavors. Shows brilliant acidity, which gives it a clean bite. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 87 PointsModerately rich, offering ripe peach, nectarine, honeysuckle and citrus notes, turning simple in the end. Drink now. 8,380 cases made. JL - Wine Spectator Magazine 86 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 10/09/2013

Another excellent value in Chardonnay, this 100% Chardonnay was aged in equal parts stainless steel and oak. With abundant aromas of tangerines and orange blossoms intertwined with hints of vanillin spice and honeyed citrus, it is a medium-bodied, fresh white wine to drink over the next 1-2 years. An easy Chardonnay to drink now, with toasty oak, butter, tangerine, apricot and yeasty flavors. Shows brilliant acidity, which gives it a clean bite. Moderately rich, offering ripe peach, nectarine, honeysuckle and citrus notes, turning simple in the end. Drink now. 8,380 cases made. -JL


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
Vintage: 2011 03/21/2013

With vibrant cool citrus aromas as well as notes of pear and green pineapple, this is fresh and inviting expression of Chardonnay. On the palate, pear, citrus oil and lemon custard flavors are supported by sophisticated hints of white almond, clove, jasmi


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Fermented without added yeast in older French oak barrels and casks (only seven percent is new wood), this wine has a mild toastiness from lees aging and a clean exposition from beginning to end. The mellow citrus flavors and tight acidity keep it lifted, while the unctuous texture would match rich fish, like grilled Spanish mackerel. This is our lowest alcohol Chardonnay to date. As a result it offers beautiful citrus and lemon custard aromas as well as lovely orchard fruit notes. Flavors of green pineapple, pear, orange blossom and apple are revealed on the palate, supported by bright, food-friendly acid and subtle textural notes imparted from the French oak and sur lie aging. - Winery Technical Notes: Alcohol: 13.7% pH: 3.45 ...


External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/13/2012

Beautiful citrus and lemon custard aromas as well as lovely orchard fruit notes. Flavors of green pineapple, pear, orange blossom and apple are revealed on the palate, supported by bright, food-friendly acid and subtle textural notes imparted from the French oak and sur lie aging.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 10/24/2011

Made in the drier, leaner, earthier and more Chablisian style that's increasingly popular, this Chardonnay is a natural for food pairings, such as shellfish. It's a minerally wine, with elegant citrus, kiwi and pear flavors and a streamlined complexity. - S.H. The 2009 Chardonnay Alexander Valley is a big-production item of 8,400 cases. A classic California Chardonnay showing notes of white peach, a bit of honey, and background oak, it is medium to full-bodied and possesses some interesting minerality. Pure and impeccably well-made, it is a delicious, full-throttle Maconnais style of Chardonnay to drink over the next several years. An elegant show of ripe pear and honeydew melon thats medium-bodied, clean and pure. Smooth-textured and ready to drink. Drink now through 2014. 8,400 cases made. -JL


External Review
Vintage: 2009 03/24/2011

Starting in 1998, Fritz Stuhlmuller gives us his Estate bottled, classic California-style Chardonnay. Baked apples and stone fruits partner with touches of oak and vanilla. Pair with chicken in a butter cream sauce.


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Ratings & Tags for Stuhlmuller Chardonnay Alexander Valley Sonoma

rated this wine
4.70 5
2011 07/18/2013

420408 Snooth User: Gummball
rated this wine
4.50 5
2010 07/06/2013

486655 Snooth User: jonasdk
rated this wine
3.50 5
2009 07/07/2011

150116 Snooth User: bmisner
rated this wine
3.00 5
2007 07/08/2009

211768 Snooth User: JSyF
rated this wine
2.00 5
2007 07/08/2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Starting in 1998, Fritz Stuhlmuller gives us his Estate bottled, classic California-style Chardonnay. Pair with chicken in a butter cream sauce.

Starting in 1998, Fritz Stuhlmuller gives us his Estate bottled, classic California-style Chardonnay. Pair with chicken in a butter cream sauce.

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